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Arizona Public Service Environmental Scientist - Field Operations in PHOENIX, Arizona

Environmental Scientist - Field Operations

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Date: Jun 10, 2024

Location: PHOENIX, AZ, US, 85021-1807

Company: APS

The APS Promise is our commitment to our customers, community and each other. It explains why we’re here (our purpose), what we’re here to do (vision and mission) and the principles and behaviors that will empower us to achieve our strategic goals. It represents the opportunity to build on our cultural strengths and develop new behaviors that will enable our future success.

Summary

Environmental Scientist - Use knowledge of the natural sciences, gained through formal education and/or direct experience in a related field, to contribute to project and programs that protect the environment.

What your day would be like:

You are responsible for:

  • Identifies problems and finds solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.

  • Regularly conducts scientific studies to support the safe and efficient operation of business units or plants within the organization.

  • Resolves various environmental problems by utilizing knowledge, process and procedures.

  • Conducts scientific investigations which may include sampling, analyzing test results, and interpreting trends to determine waste characterization.

  • May also be called upon to participate in cause investigations and report findings to management.

    The kinds of people we want to talk to have done many of the following:

  • Operated, maintained and monitored operating systems (e.g., water treatment and waste disposal) to ensure compliance with established guidelines.

  • Provided technical support and maintenance of operating systems.

  • Oversees the use of appropriate sampling and monitoring procedures and guidelines.

  • Reviewed and evaluated proposed and existing codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines to determine the impact on programs and facility modifications

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Earth Science OR related science (such as Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Hydrology) OR other field from an accredited college or university, with specific coursework and/or internship experience which included conducting field studies, sampling and analysis, etc.

  • Minimum two (2) years' experience in a related Environmental Science field or discipline.

  • In lieu of a bachelor's degree, a combination of college coursework and directly related work experience equaling six (6) years is required. Certification or licensure preferred.

Major Accountabilities

1) Regularly conducts scientific studies to support the safe and efficient operation of business units or plants within the organization.

2) Resolves various environmental problems by utilizing knowledge, process and procedures.

3) Conducts scientific investigations which may include sampling, analyzing test results, and interpreting trends to determine waste characterization. May also be called upon to participate in cause investigations and report findings to management.

4) Operates, maintains and monitors operating systems (e.g., water treatment and waste disposal) to ensure compliance with established guidelines. Provides technical support and maintenance of operating systems.

5) Oversees the use of appropriate sampling and monitoring procedures and guidelines.

6) May be responsible to ship various waste (hazardous waste, TSCA, and used oil) from field locations, apply proper shipping name, profile the waste with disposal company.

7) Reviews and evaluates proposed and existing codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines to determine the impact on programs and facility modifications

8) Provides technical guidance to field personnel in interpreting and monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements and industry guidelines.

9) Provides Quality Control (QC) oversight of field sampling / data collection.

10) Develops schedule of inspections and samplings based on regulatory and permit requirements.

11) Assembles and verifies data for routine to complex metric reports.

12) Provides and participates in reviewing technical documents for internal and external audit groups. Participate in conducting environmental training to frontline employees

13) Keeps current on the changes developing in the regulations and legislation.

14) Provides guidance to less experienced Specialists and technicians. May act as lead person or technical advisor on small projects & participates in conducting environmental training to Frontline employees.

15) Evaluates and recommends field sampling equipment and supplies.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:

This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from:

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.

  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.

    *Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.

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